fighting muskie wrote:
Not to sound like a broken record, but it would be foolish for any MWC to sign on the Big East after the current round of defections. An all-sports coast-to-coast conference is an awful idea and football-only membership is simply not good enough. Why join an unstable conference whose members are scrambling to get out that is based on the other side of the country when you can play hardball with them and force their Western flank to join your stable conference whose geography is far more suitable for your institution and your student athletes?
Playing hardball should, at a minimum, result in coaxing Boise St and San Diego St back. If everything goes right, it will get the MWC back into Texas and, if the stars align just right, get BYU back in the mix.
I disagree with a national conferences being a negative. Sure, you want the ideal members, like when we discussed a Big12 breakup and a potential Big East (with WVU, TCU, Syracuse, Pitt, Rutgers, Louisville) with the top MWC schools.
But for an ALL-SPORTS conference, there is no doubt that combining what would be:
The top CUSA schools...now all in the Big East...
Tulane (New Orleans)
With the last of the BE...
With some of the best from MWC...
Boise St. (national at this point)
SDSU (San Diego)
UNLV (Las Vegas)
New Mexico (ABQ)
Fresno St. (Fresno)
BYU (SLC) or Nevada (Reno)
And then include for #16, either ECU for all-sports, or advance to the Boston/MA market with UMass.
Split into 8/8 and still have room for ECU as FB only in the east, Navy FB only in the west for 18 FB members.
That conference would have a TV contract that would top CUSA, MWC, Sun Belt and MAC combined. Very little doubt about that since this conference would comprise all the best programs from CUSA and MWC WITH the remaining 4 BE schools which are Big East schools because they were chose OVER CUSA schools from the past when the BE had a chance to add more.
As a FB only option with a 10/6 split (6 FB only members)...I agree, it's a mess. To get the fans interested (TV viewers) there really is a benefit to having these guys play in basketball and football to build rivalries...especially if on national TV.
You get your FB and BB TV contract. You then have your Tier 3 rights for a new network, online option, or selling to local networks. For instance, Fox Sports local affiliates might want programming. You also have NBC Sports (CSN) networks that would take programming in their regions.